2412 University Boulevard,
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Previously operated by: Interstate Theatres Inc. & Texas Consolidated Theaters Inc., Plitt Theatres
Firms: MacKie & Kamrath
Styles: Art Deco
The Village Theatre opened in August 15, 1941 with Bob Hope & Bing Crosby in “Road to Zanzibar”. It had 960-seats, located on orchestra and balcony levels. It was my neighborhood theatre when I was a child in the 1950’s and early-1960’s. (It was on the north side of University Boulevard between Kelvin Drive and Morningside Drive.) At that time it was a second-run theatre. On Saturday mornings the theatre ran the Fun Club, where children could see a serial, a cartoon or two, and a feature film, usually a western or sword and sandal epic.
In the late-1960’s Houston needed yet another roadshow venue besides the Tower Theatre and the Alabama Theatre. If I recall correctly, “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” was the first roadshow film to play there. Probably because the theatre was in the Rice University/West University area, Interstate Theatres Inc. chose the Village Theatre to revamp into a first-run, (sometimes) roadshow theatre. I left Houston in the mid-1970’s, and the theatre was closed in 1987.
The building existed until the late-1990’s, when it was demolished to expand the Village Shopping Center.
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